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Ben Pollack

Ben Pollack (June 22, 1903 – June 7, 1971) was an American drummer and bandleader from the mid-1920s through the swing era. His eye for talent led him to employ musicians such as Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, Glenn Miller, Jimmy McPartland, and Harry James. This ability earned him the nickname the "Father of Swing".

Birth and Death Data: Born June 22, 1903 (Chicago), Died June 7, 1971 (Palm Springs)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, director, traps, vocalist, composer, songwriter

Notes: Also played drums.

See Also: New Orleans Rhythm Kings

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Recordings (Results 101-103 of 103 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca DLA 1236 10-in. 4/18/1938 Looking at the world through rose-colored glasses Ben Pollack Orchestra leader  
Decca L 5250 12/9/1949 That's a plenty Hoagy Carmichael instrumentalist, traps  
Decca L 5251 12/9/1949 At the Darktown Strutter's Ball Hoagy Carmichael instrumentalist, traps  
(Results 101-103 of 103 records)


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"Pollack, Ben." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 3 December 2022.

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